Congress Decisions from Barcelona: FIS President Kasper re-elected
The 49th International Ski Congress concluded last weekend in Barcelona (SPA). One of the highlights of the Congress was the re-election of FIS President Gian Franco Kasper for his seventh term from 2014-2018. He was elected for the first time in 1998 (with two-year terms from 1998 until 2006 and four year terms from 2006).
In accepting his election by acclamation, President Kasper said: "I thank you for this confidence, I promise to do my best for the sport during the next four years. Whether that will be good enough is for others to judge."
Three new members elected to FIS Council
The 2014 Congress also elected the FIS Council, including three new members, for the upcoming two-year period, 2014-2016. Besides the FIS President and the FIS Secretary General, the newly-elected FIS Council will consist of the following (in alphabetical order):
Mats Årjes (SWE) 109 votes
Andrey Bokarev (RUS) 91 votes
Dean Gosper (AUS) 94 votes
Alfons Hörmann (GER) 113 votes
Janez Kocijancic (SLO) 107 votes
Roman Kumpost (CZE) 80 votes
Sung Won Lee (KOR) 107 votes
Aki Murasato (JPN) 108 votes – new
Dexter Paine (USA) 116 votes – new
Flavio Roda (ITA) 116 votes
Eduardo Roldan (SPA) 108 votes
Peter Schröcksnadel (AUT) 114 votes
Sverre Seeberg (NOR), 119 votes
Patrick Smith (CAN) 116 votes
Martti Uusitalo (FIN) 83 votes – new
Michel Vion (FRA) 110 votes
Long-term FIS Council member Bill Marolt (USA) and Erich Demetz (ITA) were named FIS Honorary Members.
FIS Membership grows to 122
The Congress affiliated Dominica, Guyana, Malaysia, Paraguay, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Timor Leste as associate members of the International Ski Federation. The total number of members in FIS now amounts to 122.
To read the full press release with all major Congress decisions, click here.
Olympic Winter Games
The Congress decided that FIS should submit the addition of new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games following the outcome and in the context of the Olympic Agenda 2020 when the roadmap for the future of the Olympic Winter Games programme is defined. These include the Alpine Skiing nations team event, Ski Jumping mixed team event, Nordic Combined team sprint, Snowboard big air, team snowboard cross and Telemark parallel sprint and team parallel sprint.